Inclusion. Adaptation. Interfaith.
Seventy-one percent of non-Orthodox Jews married since the year 2000 married a non-Jew. Forty-eight percent of Jewish millennials have one parent who is not Jewish. Intermarriage is a reality of American Jewish life in the 21st century. Whether we have a spouse, parent, son or daughter-in-law of another faith (or no faith), most American Jews are adapting to some form of multifaith life.
Multifaith Life exists to help Jewish institutions and the Jewish community adapt to our changing environment.
Contact us today and see how we can help your organization address the reality of today's Jewish community.
Rabbi Mark Miller,
Temple Beth El
Alicia has become one of our foremost thinkers on the realities of interfaith life in the 21st century Jewish community. Her writing and speaking move conversations forward in a powerful, compassionate way!
Senior Director, Community & Donors Relations,Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
I observed Alicia's inspiring leadership through our work together in imagining and launching the unique community relations and advocacy partnership - JCRC/AJC. Alicia is particularly skilled in developing consensus even in the face of challenging situations and polarizing issues. A brilliant and visionary thinker, Alicia is an even better listener and thought partner thanks to her big heart and the immense respect she shows to all people.
Darren Findling, Wexner Heritage Fellow
Alicia is a rock star and I am a fan. Like all great rock stars, you can't stop listening.
David Kramer, Wexner Heritage Fellow
I participated in an intensive Jewish learning and exploration project with Alicia over the course of two years through which we confronted important issues in the Jewish world including the role of interfaith families in building and sustaining the Jewish community. Alicia is among the brightest, most thoughtful people I have encountered. Her insight on all issues, particularly ones relating to interfaith families, is incredibly valuable. It is clear that Alicia is a natural leader and someone who is a valuable voice in any dialogue taking place in the Jewish world
Alicia Chandler is a writer, speaker, and consultant working on the issue of inclusion of intermarried couples and interfaith families in Jewish spaces. She is the founder of Multifaith Life, LLC, a consulting firm that exists to help Jewish institutions and the Jewish community adapt to the increase in interfaith families.
After a successful legal career as General Counsel - Continuing for Trinity Health, Alicia decided to leave her legal career and return to academia to study interfaith families in the Jewish community. Alicia is currently a graduate student in Sociology at Wayne State University in Detroit. She has also completed coursework through the Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program at Hebrew College in Boston.
Alicia Chandler has held numerous leadership roles within the Jewish community, including President of the Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC, inaugural co-chair of the American Jewish Committee’s Global ACCESS Steering Committee, member of the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee, member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, among others. Additionally, Alicia was selected by AJC as a delegate to the 2009 Durban Review Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
Alicia graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. She also has a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Michigan Business School, where she graduated with high distinction.
Alicia is a member of the 2017 Oakland County Elite 40 Under 40, past recipient of AJC Detroit’s Community Leadership Award and Wexner Heritage Fellow.
Alicia is a native Michigander and devoted Wolverine. She is married to her college sweetheart and has two school-aged children.
What we have to offer:
Multifaith Life LLC is available to help your organization learn more about the current demographics and trends in the Jewish community and help you . We will tailor services to meet your organization's needs. Here are some example of services offered:
• Board Education and Training
• Strategic Guidance and Implementation
• Staff Education and Training
• Policy reviews and recommendations
• Adult Education Classes
Every aspect of the Jewish community is impacted by the changing demographics. We are available to work with any aspect of your organization to help you adapt. Early Childhood Centers, Religious Education, Day Schools, Membership and Recruitment, Board Leadership Development. We are available to help you with any needs you have. Reach out today to schedule a free discussion and consultation.
I am so excited to announce that I will be teaching a class for JLearn this winter. All the information is below!
Please consider signing up at jlearn.online. All classes on ZOOM.
A Love-Fate Relationship; Exploring Intermarriage: 01/13/21-02/10/21
Intermarriage can be mistakenly discussed as a modern phenomenon, but intermarriage has existed since the earliest days of Judaism. Join us for an overview of intermarriage in Judaism, going from some of the famous and infamous biblical intermarriages to the biblical texts addressing intermarriage, to the opinions of the ancient rabbis, into the modern-day demographics and other contemporary issues relating to intermarriage.
Day/Time: Wednesday 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: All Classes Held on ZOOM
Class Dates: 1/13/2021, 1/20/2021, 1/27/2021, 2/3/2021, 2/10/2021